Has God ever thrown you a changeup?
Wikipedia defines a changeupÂ asÂ a type of pitch in baseball. The changeup is thrown with the same arm action as a fastball, but at a lower velocity due to the pitcher holding the ball in a special grip.Â The changeup is such that one throws something other than his best fastball.Â ThisÂ can confuse the batter into swinging the bat far too early or not swinging at all.
God is the greatest changeup pitcher of all time.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”Â God is looking for us to trust Him.Â So God allows or engineers a circumstance in your life that creates a need.Â It may be money, healing, direction, or wisdom.Â You claim Philippians 4:19 which says, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”Â You believe God.Â You persistently knock on heaven’s door and in faith you claim the promise.Â God comes through with a blessing that meets your needÂ in reponse to the faith that you exhibit.Â You praise the Lord and everyone is happy!
Matthew 22:36-37 also tells us,Â “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”Â God is looking for you to love Him.Â So another time God allows or engineers a circumstance in your life that creates a need.Â It may be money, healing, direction, or wisdom.Â You claim Philippians 4:19 again.Â Â This time nothing happens.Â You believe God for the money. It does not come.Â You examine your faith.Â You claim the promises again.Â No money comes.Â Heaven is silent.Â Your electric bill is late.Â Â YouÂ haveÂ unexpected medical bills.Â You are even working two jobs, but you still have need. You pray and claim the promise one more time.Â Still nothing happens. No need is met.Â You get mad at God because you think He has broken His promise.
What happened?Â God just threw you a changeup.Â Most batters look pretty foolish when they swing at a changeup.Â Most believers look pretty foolish when God throws a changeup.
You see…when God wants to see faith in you, He will throw you a ‘faith pitch’ designed to get you to trust Him.Â But right after that, God wants to see your love for Him…then He throws you a ‘changeup’.Â It is a circumstance that creates need that for the time being He does not intend to meet.Â Why?Â Because He wants to know, “do you love Me?”Â Or, “do you only love Me when I bless you?”Â Now that is a changeup.Â Many a believer has gotten mad at God because they figured God quit honoring his promises.Â
God wants you to answer the same question that He asked Peter.Â John 21:15Â “So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?’…”Â
Sooner or later God will throw you a changeup.Â Be ready for it.Â If you respond by showing God love, you will hit a homerun in the game of life!
We love yall.
Billy and Sheilah Dawsby